Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Eye Candy - LOTR Evil Collection

Here is my collection of LOTRs evil  miniatures which I wanted to get onto the blog prior to selling on ebay.  I completed these over a year ago and have had lots of fun gaming with them in both formats of the GW games. I don't think the pictures really do them justice and have often been asked why I spent so much time painting rank & file troops. I guess I am one of those war gamers who find it difficult to do a tabletop paintjob. Anyway, I hope that I will get a good price for these and that somebody will appreciate my work. All being well this will result in more new stuff on these pages.

Besides these miniatures here, I have been busy painting some Flames of War British, I have also expanded my Khador collection; more on them in a later post.
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Monday, 18 July 2011

Step by Step Guide - Stripping Painted Miniatures with Dettol

At long last I have discovered a product/method that completely removes the paint from my miniatures; leaves the super/plastic glue in tact, doesn't corrode the miniature and is OK on the environment.

The amazing product is Dettol, that's right the brown stuff that goes white when pored in water just before it stings your grassed knee (those were the days, lol).  One important lesson I have learned during my research for this is that it has to be the original 'brown' Dettol as shown below.  For those of you overseas who don't have Dettol, you may be able to get your hands on a product called 'Simple Green' which works in the same way, using the method below.

The Amazing paint stripper AKA Dettol
Items needed:
Bottle of Dettol or Simple Green
Airtight container (as seen below)
An old toothbrush
Rubber gloves (when used neat Dettol will make your skin sore)
A sink with some hot water; to do the brushing/cleaning in, this can get messy.
A day in time; the soaking process takes about 24 hours.

  1. Take your miniatures and place them in the airtight container.
  2. Poor Dettol over the miniatures until they are completely covered.
  3. Leave the miniatures sealed in the container for 24 hours. I gave them a slight shake from time to time; you will notice (if your container is see through) that after a couple of hours the paint starts to fall off.
  4. 24 hours later, put your gloves on, head to the sink and give each of your miniatures a good scrub with the old toothbrush. You will notice that they come out of the pot a bit slimy and this will cover your gloves and the miniatures as you brush them.
  5. To completely remove all the slime, dip your brush in the Dettol and continue to brush until all the paint has gone. By this time all the paint will have almost disappeared and will not need too much brushing.
  6. Give your miniatures a good rinse in warm water and leave to dry; alternatively use a hairdryer to speed up the process (avoid using high temperature on the plastic miniatures, they melt).
  7. Lastly, give the sink a good clean; by now it will look like a frog has exploded in it. Then have fun repainting your new miniatures.
Airtight container 24 hours after start (notice the colour
change and bit of paint swimming in the mix).
Here is a picture of the first group of miniatures I tried this method on. They have been used as test models over the years and had accumulated several coats of paint. Some had up to two undercoats (Citadel spray) and up to six further layers of paint.  As you can see they look pretty good, with only the odd fleck of paint remaining. All the glue is intact, including stones that were super glued to the base.  All the parts are firmly glued (plastic glue or liquid poly).  The basing material, glued on with white glue has all been removed. I am extremely happy with the results.
I'm sure you will be seeing this guard unit painted on here
some time in the future.
Here is another picture of a group of Tau Fire Warriors that went in the same pot that was used for the above Guardsmen; some fresh Dettol was used to cover the miniatures completely. The results are OK, but the effectiveness was slightly reduced. I disposed of the contents of the pot following this session and wouldn't recommend re-using the Dettol too much.
Stripped Fire Warriors, soon to apear with a little more colour.
Lastly I would like to thank the numerous people who have previously documented this amazing product/method to me on YouTube, blogs, forums and the Internet in general.

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Eye Candy - LOTR Orc Cpt Fargit

Having spent a long time painting Catachans I fancied a change recently, so I dug into my bitz box and found this LOTR Orc captain.  I like my LOTRs minis to have a more realistic feel to them then my fantasy stuff. I spent some time on this one getting the clothing and rusty metal right. Hope you like him, please comment and ask questions.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Step by Step Guide - Imperial Guard Shotguns

As promised on my last blog here is a step by step guide to making Imperial Guard Shotguns, using a standard Lasgun. I have created this post from a word file I previously made and have scanned the pics below from this; hence the poor quality, so apologies for this.  If you look carefully you can just about make out the red cutting lines on the pics I added.

Tools/Items required:
Lasgun (this guide uses the Catachan version)
Sharp craft knife
1mm Drill bit and pin vice
Craft clippers
Craft files
Plastic Glue

Cut off the muzzle of the lasgun by running the knife around the circumference of the barrel. File the end flat and mark were the center of the barrel is by placing a small hole with the craft knife.  Using the Pin Vice, Drill out the end of the barrel and clean-up the edges with a file or knife.

Cut off the top section of the lasgun and the rear of the sight.  It’s best to start with a knife or clippers and complete with a file, stopping when the top of the casing is smooth and level. Using a file put a 45 degree chamfer on the remaining edges of the gun casing.

Using a file, smooth both the front and rear facing of the gun casing; being careful not to remove the Aquila (unless you plan to use with some chaos scum).  Cut off the ammo pack and file down level with the trigger guard; using a file put a 45 degree chamfer on these edges to mach the rest of the casing.

Cut off the butt and using a file put a 45 degree chamfer on the rear casing edges to mach the rest of the casing. Cut off he rear (padded) part of the butt, this will form the cocking handle. It's made up of 6 sections, cut 2 off and clean up the remaining 4 with a file. This is then glued to the casing, underneath the Aquila. This can be placed further back in a loading position.

Here are some examples of the shotgun in action in my second squad.  Notice the bandoleer with shotgun cartridges on the guns and uniform.  These were added with green stuff, the shells being made from paperclip cut to size.